San Diego Gives
On March 24, 2023, Free To Fly was approved to join San Diego Gives.
Our mission is to come alongside survivors of human trafficking by lending support and providing help that empowers them during their healing journey. We are committed to our purpose, and with the help of our partners and donors, we support survivors of human trafficking on their journey toward a better life.
SUPPORT: We step in to join survivors during their healing process, whether it's volunteering our time to support on an emotional level, chaplaincy, or coming alongside partner organizations and providing mentorship classes, laptops for continuing education, program goal-based incentives, and care packages.
HEALING: When thinking of human trafficked victims, we initially consider the emotional state of the survivor; but just as emotional healing is important, physical healing is also an essential part of recovery. As an esthetician, our founder uses her background to address and improve issues on survivors’ skin to help them reclaim their bodies.
SELF-ESTEEM: We have learned that self-esteem, self-care, and self-love are intertwined and that one always leads to the other; so we focus here. Through 100% pass through of all donations received and the net proceeds from product sales, we provide survivors with free skin consultations and services, and we gift them with their own personal cosmetic bag that is filled with luxurious, medical-grade corrective skincare products, supplements, and other gifts.
FREEDOM: We have seen how the permanence of a branding tattoo, that may have served as a punishment or sign of ownership, overpowers the true freedom of victims. Because no survivor should ever have to live with this type of public reminder on their body, we assist recovering victims with tattoo removal to help empower them so that one day they may be Free To Fly again.
"As a survivor of severe trauma myself, I am intimately aware of the personal self-worth struggles that those who have been victimized endure and why it is also important that their basic needs of safety and survival are met."
Yolanda Christensen, Free To Fly Founder
It’s hard to imagine only 1% of victims who are trafficked will ever be rescued. What about the other 99% who are gone forever, or trapped in a life where no one will ever find them.
The International Labour Organization estimates 1 in 8 victims of modern forced labor slavery are children, with women and girls accounting for 78% in the commercial sex industry.
Human trafficking is happening in every country, on every continent around the world. And yet the crime is invisible; hidden in plain site. The victims are silenced. We must be their voice. All of us!
But how do we start? We shine the light on human trafficking so there will be fewer places for it to hide. So more people will see it for what it is.
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There are days we drive by certain places, or see certain things and wish we had our own personal SWAT team to kick down doors and use shock grenades! However, we are on the prevention side, and also the nurturing side for survivors.
Prevention has always been on our founder’s heart; to stop the tragedy of trafficking before it begins. Knowing what to look for, and raising awareness. If you suspect someone may be sexually exploited, report it!
Self care and self love are very important for physical, mental and spiritual healing, and the mind and skin are connected on many levels.
To help, we volunteer our time to support the vulnerable on an emotional level, and also provide beauty and skin care gift bags to survivors on their journey to freedom.
Private investors cover our operating costs so 100% of your donation, and the net proceeds from our store, go to helping children, adolescents, and adults affected by human trafficking.
Please consider partnering with us by making a donation or purchasing your skin care products here.
Together we can put an end to this atrocity because everyone deserves to be Free To Fly.
Free To Fly is a survivor led non-profit organization with a mission to bring awareness, free and mend the brokenness of children, adolescents and adults affected by human trafficking. Even if reaching just one life, one life is worth it!
Our purpose is to raise awareness and help intervene on behalf of children, adolescents and adults forced or coerced into sexual slavery or commercial sexual exploitation. Private investors cover our operating costs so 100% of your donation, and the net proceeds from our eCommerce store, go to helping survivors affected by human trafficking.
Yolanda is a survivor. Coming out of her own traumatic childhood of neglect and abuse, to later witnessing the world of exploitation.
She met her husband Eric, who believed in her and encouraged her, despite her lack of confidence, education, and the trials she survived. She became an esthetician and practiced for more than 15 years. Esthetics gave her a chance at something she loves, but she felt called to use both her past and passion for something greater.
With the help of an extremely qualified trauma specialist Yolanda had an opportunity of hope and healing from PTSD. Dr. Pierce came alongside her, and Yolanda states she has been the greatest mentor in her lifetime, bringing freedom and courage to progress and grow.
She now uses her background and experience to raise awareness and funding to fight human trafficking; mentoring and volunteering where she can; providing beauty and self care bags to treat skin conditions; branding tattoo removals; as well as emergency housing and transporation support to survivors. Giving hope and encouragement to those on their healing journey.
Her dream is to help put an end to this. To establish her own “Freedom Center” where she can help provide work opportunities for survivors. To see more change, hope and freedom.
If you see any signs of exploitation and trafficking call the US Human Trafficking Hotline at (888) 373-7888 or text BEFREE or HELP to 233733, or email email@example.com
If you think you have seen a missing child, or suspect a child may be sexually exploited, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 24/7 at (800) 843-5678.